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Fashion Business Inc’s Runway Show

Fashion Business Inc is a non-profit organization that provides the fashion industry with entrepreneurial development, resources and training, to support its growth and profitability. My friend Mary and I had the pleasure of attending their annual fashion show last week at Union Station in DTLA and it was fabulous! So. Much. Talent.

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It was my first time at Union Station and it was absolutely gorgeous. The bubbles were flowing at the opening reception and Gary Allegretto kicked things off with an amazing harmonica performance.

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FBI’s Emerging Designer of the Year 2015, EIS Los Angeles

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I wanted everything from the MK Collab collection!

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Hot bods at Odina — Earth friendly swimwear made from recycled plastics.

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VENE AI dazzled the runway with their unique gowns.

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Soverra by Minnie Tu introduced her first collection and it was beautiful!

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Mayayadance did a magical performance.
Chyangra Pashmina came straight from Nepal with something for the whole family.
AS by DF was the Moss Adams MAFI Winner 2015.
Plush Cashmere — Mixing it up West Coast style. I love that sweater cape!

 

Sofitel Wine Days

The Sofitel in Los Angeles is more then just a hotel. It is an international gathering place with beautiful decor, top notch dining at Estérel, and a fabulous lounge, Riviera 31. Right now for Sofitel Wine Days (through October 31st) order a French wine flight during happy hour and graze their vast spread of the most amazing cheese, olives, honey and snacks all for just $15! What a deal! I recently stopped by and experienced it all…happy hour, dinner and a fantastic jazz show!

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The Sofitel Wine Days event takes place during the traditional wine harvest season in France, and offers an opportunity to discover French wines in hotels around the world.

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I could of made a meal out of this delicious spread!

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I absolutely love this outdoor seating area!

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After dinner we walked back into a packed lounge and this amazing jazz band. There are different jazz musicians every Monday night and the doorman told me that Stevie Wonder showed up and played earlier in the year. It was a really fun vibe!

I just want to note our dinner at Estérel. It was to dark to take any good pics but we had a really wonderful meal. To start off the waitress recommended the Strawberry Basil Martini that was sooo refreshing and flavorful but not too sweet, just the way I like a cocktail! Then came a really lovely bread basket full of all different types of deliciousness. We had lamb meatballs as an appetizer which I could of had as an entree because they were so good. They were done Moroccan style with couscous and dates which came as a surprise as I was expecting them to be Italian style in a red sauce. It was a good surprise as they turned out to be my favorite thing! We had a very nice lobster for dinner and really enjoyed the romantic, relaxed vibe of the outdoor dining area. It was a beautiful evening under the stars!

The Sofitel is located at 8555 Beverly Blvd right across the street from the Beverly Center.

Photos by Wade Hammond

 

Friday Faves Beauty Edition

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Illustration by Natalie Egbowon

Happy Friday! Today I have an awesome round up of some cool products I have been testing out. Masks, eyeliner, fragrance and more! Have you tried anything new that you love lately? If so I would love to hear all about it!

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1. Palladio Fifty-Fifty duel ended eyeliner ($15): An ultra-soft Kajal crayon on one end and a super-precise fiber-tip liner on the other. This is my favorite eyeliner ever! The soft side is perfect for daytime and goes on super smooth. The liquid is perfect over the crayon to create a great wing or cat eye! I love, love, love this!

2. Masker Aide face mask in I Don’t Wanna Grow Up ($7): This mask made my fave feel super soft and smooth. It provides deep hydration and delivers a healthy dose of age-defying ingredients including natural Ylang-Ylang Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Elastin to help diminish fine lines and bring out your youthful glow. Other cutely named masks include All Nighter, Detox Dive, Pre Party Prep and more!

3. Spadaro Fragrance:
I sampled Doux Amour meaning “Sweet Love,” Doux Amour was developed while on a journey to Morocco. A perfume poem, sweet and gentle, yet sensual… redolent of warm Moroccan nights, and Solé Nero which is sunny Italian Grapefruit imbued with a precious spice accord of White Pepper and Cumin. Enveloped by tender Musk and comforting notes of Sandalwood, Almond and Vanilla, Solé Nero evokes fond memories of loved ones near and far. Both fragrances were delicious and I could tell they were made from the highest quality oils. A little goes a long way with the good stuff. They are $95 for the fragrance and they also have sample packs for $20 which is perfect to “try before you commit”. They also have body wash and candles that I am sure smell amazing!

4. Stemulation Products: I was very impressed with the before and after pictures of crows feet on the website. I only had the the chance to try sample packets so I can’t say anything about long term effects on myself. My experience with the facial serum, eye cream, and boost cream were that they made my face feel warm. I know they are highly concentrated with active antioxidants and the warmth made me think they were doing something. The science behind the products is quite interesting and worth checking out.

5. Masque Bar Face Masks (3 for $10): I tried the Honey which smelled more floral but was very hydrating and refreshing and the Lemon which was very moisturizing and soothing. I liked how thick they both were and how they really stayed put and dried up almost completely on my face. It made me feel like all the good stuff was absorbed into my skin. I was also sent a recipe for a cocktail to go along with the masks involving Sauv Blanc, my favorite white wine! Perfect for a girls night in!
1 bottle dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
2 to 4 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
Lemon, for garnish

6. Hum Runway Ready Vitamins ($35): I am a sucker for cute packaging and these stole my heart. I love the colors and the way the box opening forms lips. So cute! I have been using these skin, hair and nails vitamins for a couple of weeks and already see a difference. Great product and great packaging = win win!

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Pure Gold Collagen (10 days for $50): I am a huge fan of promoting great skin from the inside out so when I was asked to sample Pure Collagen I was more then happy to. It tasted great, like juice. I only sampled 2 bottles so I can’t say I saw the effects but I love the idea of it if it works. Hey, anything is worth a try right? Skip that latte for 10 days and give this a try!

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Key West Aloe Products: I was born and raised in Florida and love Key West. These products feel great and smell amazing and made me feel like I was in The Keys on a tropical vacation! And, they are made with the best, natural ingredients, paraben free and never tested on animals.

Have a wonderful weekend! XO

 

Doma Kitchen Party

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Doma Kitchen recently hosted a party celebrating their beautiful new location in Manhattan Village!

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All of the South Bay foodies were there including my girl South Bay Jackie!

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They put out an amazing spread! Some of my Doma faves are the Crunchy Bavarian Garlic Bread with homemade yogurt dip, the Cheese Board of course, the unique and delicious Kale Salad, the Plov Bowl with grilled chicken, and the Pelmeni Chicken Dumplings, and they have a great beer and wine list too!
I am getting hungry just writing about it all. I think I will have to stop in for lunch today! See the full menu here.

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Chef Kristina and Owner Angie are warm, wonderful people. You can tastes the love in every bite!

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They did a beautiful job with the clean, modern, cozy decor. I loved the paintings by Lee Tunila.

The first and last photos were taken by me and the 3 others are by Gloria Plascencia Photography.

If you haven’t been yet you have to check it out. Doma Kitchen is located at 3562 N. Sepulveda Blvd. near Macy’s in Manhattan Village. The hours are M-S 11am-10pm and Sun 9-3.

 

Interview With Chef Anthony Goodwin of Bottega Louie

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Bottega Louie is one of my all time favorite restaurants in downtown LA! The beautiful decor, decadent pastry counter and consistently delicious food have kept me coming back time and time again. When I heard they had a new chef who was doing interviews you bet I had a few questions for him!

1) As an already established Chef coming into an already established restaurant what will change? Any new dishes?
Like any situation I need to see what works and what doesn’t. My style of food is very approachable with clean, clear flavors. When I create a dish I do my best to highlight the feature of the plate. The goal is to build flavor and compliment the food, not mask it. I will do my best to be smart about changes, looking at the current platform and see how we can grow it. One of our new dishes is a whole grilled branzino. It is a great example of the food I like to make. Visually appealing, simple, and full of flavor. And you dont need instructions on eating it or a dictionary to figure out what it is.

2) The Bottega Louie Chicken Parmesan is my all time favorite! Will it still be on the menu?

For now the parm is here to stay, but if we can make it better that is our goal. I always evaluate the dish and see if it is the best we can do before we change it or remove it from the menu.

3) How long have you been a Chef and what initially inspired you to become one?

I graduated from culinary school 20 years ago. Like most chefs it started at home, I spent most summers with my grandparents and they lived in a rural part of New Jersey. At that time it was nothing but farms. Our food was picked fresh everyday. I grew up with a true farm to table experience. When I was little my grandmother would drive us to a farm, I would walk to the farmers door, knock and ask for a dozen eggs. Within a couple minutes she would give me the biggest fresh brown eggs you ever saw. There were times we would go to other farms and if the farmers were busy in the field, we would choose what we wanted and leave the money in a basket. The long and short is, it is a combination of all of these things along with how much fun my grandmother made it to cook and enjoy our dinner. She would get me excited about what we were going to eat in the morning. There was something very pure about all of it that made me love it.

4) What stands out in your mind as your best food memory or meal you have ever had?

Ironically I have eaten at some if the best restaurant in the world including cellar at con roca, literally the the #1 rated place in the world, but my best memory goes back to picking food fresh from a garden. I spent time in the mountains of Spain at a friends family house. We bought sausages from a local butcher, picked our vegetables from their garden and grilled our food on a fire built from grape vines. Drank some cheap wine and relaxed. Thats one of my top meals ever!

5) What would be your “death row meal”? Mine would be my husbands grandmothers tacos!

My grandmothers bolognese, in all these years of cooking I still can’t make it better than her.

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If you haven’t been to Bottega Louie put it at the top of your list! It is located at 700 South Grand Ave.

 

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